Scalability / Feasibility / Quality / Innovation / Maine-Based

In an effort to invite and include as many applicants as possible GLM uses several methods of identifying potential candidates. The first being an open call on our website and through our social media outlets-Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In this phase, applicants are encouraged to create a video presentation to be posted on YouTube with a link to our GLM email account. We stress that it is NOT the quality of the video that should concern you but the quality of your business and pitch presentation.

In addition to this call out, we solicit the suggestions of several entrepreneurial organizations across the state, Top Gun, SCORE, The Big Idea, MTI, and CEI, to name a few.  Once we receive their recommendations we reach out to those companies and encourage them to apply via the same video pitch presentation. These calls to action commence in early February and end in 2nd week of April.

At this point a panel of 5 judges is convened to view all applications and determine which 26 get the “greenlight” to appear in the series. The series is filmed in the second week of July over 7 days at the New England School of Communications(NESCOM) on the Bangor campus of Husson University. Each show features 2 companies pitching one at a time to a panel of three judges. The pitches are confined to 3 minutes with a 2/3 minute Q&A.

At this stage, power point is accepted on a limited basis and physical product and signage is encouraged. We prefer single person pitches, but are willing to accommodate 2 people if necessary. We realize that pitching in this time frame is very challenging, so each presenting company will get a minimum of 5 minutes off-camera after its pitch to answer additional judges questions and expand their presentation, at which time another member of your team will be allowed to help answer questions, if so desired.

From this initial series, 13 finalist will be chosen to compete in an off-line ( i.e., not televised) pitch competition sometime in the fall by three judges, who will score them on a numerical system in 5 categories; Scalability, Feasibility, Overall Quality, Innovation, Ability to Stay in Maine.

From this semi-final round three companies will be chosen to appear in the Grand Finale for the $100,000 cash prize. This Pitch off will be broadcast in either late March or early April. It must be understood that all winners must be able to attend all taping dates as established or forfeit their opportunity to advance.   

Beth-Weisberger_-Gneiss-Spice

Gneiss Spice

Name: Beth Weisberger
Title: Owner
E-mail: beth@gneissspice.com
Website: https://www.gneissspice.com
Episode: Episode page »

Gneiss Spice prizes environmental sustainability and is the first to introduce compostable packaging for their collection of over 200 organic spice refills.

Stephanie-Lay_-Maine-Tex-LLC

Maine-Tex LLC.

Name: Stephanie Lay
Title: Owner/ Founder of SPECIAL Foundation
E-mail: mainetexgrilledsalsa@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MaineTexGrilledSalsa/
Episode: Episode page »

Maine-Tex is a small company with a mission to change the world of autism with salsa through employment and by supporting the SPECIAL Foundation for Autism. Our unique grilled salsa has experienced rapid, explosive growth since our first social media post on 12/13/14. Currently, our three flavors of salsa can be found at over a hundred locations and we have exhausted our tiny home kitchen.

Heather-Lux_-True-North-Beauty

True North Beauty

Name: Heather Lux
Title: Founder, CEO
E-mail: heather@truenorthbeauty.com
Website: https://www.truenorthbeauty.com/collections/all
Episode: Episode page »

True North Beauty is a luxury skincare and lifestyle brand that inspires confidence through helping people achieve clear, healthy skin.

Margen-Soliman_-MugBuddyCookies

MugBuddyCookies

Name: Märgen Soliman
Title: President
E-mail: margen@mugbuddycookies.com
Website: https://mugbuddycookies.com
Episode: Episode page »

MugBuddyCookies handcrafts whimsical 3-D cookies that sit on a mug’s rim. Incredibly unique, we elevate cookies from a snack to an experience, allowing us to fill an untapped niche in the specialty food and gift markets.

Lisa-Scali_-Oceans-Balance

Ocean’s Balance

Name: Lisa Scali
Title: Director of Sales & Marketing
E-mail: lscali@oceansbalance.com
Website: http://www.oceansbalance.com
Episode: Episode page »

Ocean’s Balance makes innovative, edible products from sustainably grown and harvested Maine seaweed.

Judy-Bernier_-Podzook

PodZook

Name: Judy Bernier
Title: Director
E-mail: podzook@gmail.com
Website: http://www.podzook.com
Episode: Episode page »

We make bespoke backyard buildings.

Jodi-Breau_-Dental-Lace-Inc

Dental Lace Inc.

Name: Jodi Breau
Title: Founder
E-mail: dentallace@gmail.com
Website: https://www.dentallace.com
Episode: Episode page »

Dental Lace, Inc. is a family owned and operated global dental floss company headquartered on the shores of Casco Bay in Cape Elizabeth. We are on a mission to eliminate plastic dental floss with our zero-waste floss called Dental Lace Refillable Floss.

Lee-Parent_-Kids-Unplugged

Kids Unplugged

Name: Lee Parent
Title: Owner/ Founder
E-mail: thebestlee22@gmail.com
Website: https://www.kidsunplugged.com
Episode: Episode page »

Kids Unplugged is a family/kids indoor play gym that provides a safe, multi-use space for families of all kinds to engage in active & creative play.

Dianna-Pozdniakov_-Sofia-Fima

Sofia Fima

Name: Dianna Pozdniakov
Title: Founder & CEO
E-mail: Dianna@SofiaFima.com
Website: https://sofiafima.com
Episode: Episode page »

Sofia Fima is a handbag brand dedicated to organizing women’s busy lives with style, confidence, and ease.

Truc-Huynh_-Nibble

Nibble – A Platform For Giving

Name: Truc Huynh
Title: Co- Founder
E-mail: thuynh@unum.com
Website: https://projectnibble.io
Episode: Episode page »

A Platform for Giving.

Karen-Gellis_-SwimLids

SwimLids

Name: Karen Gellis
Title: Founder, President
E-mail: kgellis@swimlids.com
Website: https://swimlids.com
Episode: Episode page »

Swimlids are UPF 50 Sun hats for an active lifestyle. Our hats are like nothing on the market. They are lightweight, packable, and they won’t fall off in and out of the water.

Joe-Powers_-Ripso

Ripso

Name: Joe Powers
Title: Founder
E-mail: joe@ripso.us
Website: https://www.ripso.us
Episode: Episode page »

Ripso is a handcraft design & repair service for the clothing you already own.

Michael-Brooks_-7-Umbrellas

7 Umbrellas

Name: Michael Brooks
Title: Co-Founder & CEO
E-mail: info@mjally.com
Website: https://appadvice.com/app/mj-ally/1334383898
Episode: Episode page »

7 Umbrellas is a Maine-based technology company focused on providing sophisticated and well-designed business and regulatory solutions to the emerging canna-industry. Our first product, MJ Ally, is a smartphone application developed to create and document “Trip Tickets” to maintain compliance under Maine State law.

Logan-Rackliff_-The-Rope-Co.

The Rope Co.

Name: Logan Rackliff
Title: Owner and Founder
E-mail: logan@theropeco.com
Website: https://www.theropeco.com
Episode: Episode page »

The Rope Co. designs, manufacture, and sells Maine Lifestyle products that naturally appeal (but are not limited) to customers who want and love nautical items.

Amy-Rowbottom_-Crooked-Face-Creamery

Crooked Face Creamery

Name: Amy Rowbottom
Title: Owner/Cheesemaker
E-mail: orders@crookedfacecreamery.com
Website: https://www.upnorthricotta.com
Episode: Episode page »

Though truly, my devotion to cheese craftsmanship and to supporting local dairy farms began shortly after I was born to a milk making family in Maine. That’s where the herd with the funny-faced Jersey cow came in, and the process of perfecting my line of small batch smoked cheeses took hold. Using all local whole milk and Applewood sourced here in Maine, makes for the most original, richest and purest flavor, one you can only find UpNorth.

Michele-Gilfoil_-Seaweed-Skincare

Seaweed Skincare by Planet Botanicals

planet-botanicals-logo

Name: Michele Gilfoil
Title: Founder
E-mail: info@planetbotanicals.com
Website: https://www.planetbotanicals.com
Episode: Episode page »

Planet Botanicals partners with organic growers around the world to source fresh, high-quality plant-based ingredients and creates luxurious all-natural skincare products. Our new Maine Seaweed Beauty collection is made with sustainably harvested Maine Seaweed and artisan made locally in Westbrook, Maine. We are committed to producing the highest quality natural skin care products that are healthy for the skin, free of harmful chemicals and that keep skin looking its best.

Max-Mogensen_-Intoxicles

Intoxicles

Name: Max Mogensen
Title: CEO
E-mail: max@intoxicles.com
Website: http://intoxicles.com
Episode: Episode page »

Intoxicles are alcoholic freezer pops, made from fine spirits and whole ingredients.

Matthew-Moretti_-Bangs-Island-Mussels

Bangs Island Mussels

Name: Matthew Moretti
Title: President
E-mail: mattmoretti@gmail.com
Website: http://www.bangsislandmussels.com
Episode: Episode page »[

Bangs Island Mussels is a family-owned and operated sustainable aquaculture company. They farm-raise mussels, kelp, and scallops in Casco Bay, Maine.

Thom-Labrie_-Shelter-7

Shelter + 7

Name: Thom Labrie
Title: President
E-mail: thom@fairpoint.net
Website: http://www.archtypestructures.com/about-shelterplus7.aspx
Episode: Episode page »

Shelter +⁷, Inc. offers an exceptionally high performance, economic and Green building system for the residential and commercials sectors. Using 21st-century technology, know-how, and materials, this system was designed to provide owners with the seven vital performance and value benefits required to perform in a true 21st-century caliber manner.

Dennis-Theriault_-Mouse-Stopper

Mouse Stopper

mouse-stopper-new

Name: Dennis Theriault
Title: Inventor
E-mail: info@ucatchmore.com
Website: http://mousestopper.com
Episode: Episode page »

A better mousetrap? No! A better mousetrap system. A more effective way to catch a mouse.

Layla-Kargar_-Incomer

Incomer Magazine

Name: Layla Kargar
Title: Owner/Publisher
E-mail: Layla@incomermagazine.com
Website: https://incomermagazine.com
Episode: Episode page »

Incomer magazine is a publication dedicated to highlighting immigrant pioneers, community leaders, students, and influencers all over southern Maine. It’s a quarterly magazine with a national issue called 50 reasons why featuring one immigrant profile from each state due to release in October.

Cathy-Streifel_-Pyxie

Pyxie

Name: Cathy Streifel
Title: Owner
E-mail: cathy@pyxie.co
Website: https://www.pyxie.co
Episode: Episode page »

Pyxie are Snowscants for women who want a trendy yet warm winter look.

Tobey-Tozier_-Transcapsule

Transcapsule

Name: Tobey Tozier
Title: Founder
E-mail: tobeytozier@gmail.com
Website: https://www.transcapsule.com
Episode: Episode page »

The first all-in-one transgender transition tracking app. Transcapsule offers an easy and secure way for transgender people to document their transitions and track the effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) over time.

James-Morin_-FlowFold-

FlowFold

Name: James Morin
Title: Co-Owner
E-mail: jmorin@flowfold.com
Website: https://www.flowfold.com
Episode: Episode page »

We make minimalist gear for everyday adventures. No bells or whistles, just state of the art materials and quality American craftsmanship.

Ben-Waxman_-American-Roots

American Roots

Name: Ben Waxman
Title: Co-Owner
E-mail: ben@americanrootswear.com
Website: http://www.americanrootswear.com
Episode: Episode page »

American Roots is a 100% American-made, union made, customized apparel company, using only USA sourced raw materials. Our mission is to create good jobs and deliver a quality product while having a commitment to our community, our workers and our country.

Sascha-Deri_-bluShift-Aerospace

bluShift

Name: Sascha Deri
Title: CEO
E-mail: sascha.deri@bluShiftAerospace.com
Website: http://www.blushift.aero
Episode: Episode page »

Based in Brunswick, bluShift is developing a rocket that uses a proprietary high-performance, bio-fuel to launch the growing market of tiny satellites, called CubeSats, into space at half the cost of the current competition. The company is currently in the R&D stage of optimizing its rocket engine technology. It plans to launch a sub-scale, demonstration version of its Red Dwarf rocket by the end of 2019.